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Pregnancy Symptoms Early Signs: Am I pregnant?

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

Congratulations, you think you might be pregnant! If you have never been pregnant, it can be hard to know what to expect and what to do next. Our obstetrician expert Dr Peter Jurcevic has put together an informative article on pregnancy symptoms to guide you through this exciting journey. Dr Peter covers everything from when to take a pregnancy test and what to do if you're pregnant to the early signs of pregnancy and when symptoms usually start. Wondering when you'll start showing? He's got you covered on that too! So sit back, relax, and let Dr Peter provide you with the knowledge and reassurance you need during this thrilling time.

When should I take a pregnancy test and what to do if it is positive?

Excitement, anxiety, and anticipation - these are just a few emotions that come to mind when you suspect that you may be pregnant. But when should you take a pregnancy test? Typically, a missed period is the first sign that you may pregnant! If you've been actively trying to conceive, you may want to take a home urinary pregnancy test towards the end of your current cycle, or you can visit your GP for a pregnancy blood test. If you're experiencing symptoms that are suspiciously pregnancy-related, a test can help confirm your suspicions.

So, you've taken the pregnancy test, and it's positive - congratulations! If you're feeling overwhelmed, remember that you're not alone. The Parents You've Got This team of medical experts is here to support you and guide you every step of the way. From pre-conception to school, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate the challenges and joys of parenthood. So take a deep breath, relax, and let us be your trusted partner on this exciting journey. Together, we can ensure that your baby grows up happy and healthy!

What are the symptoms of pregnancy and when do they start?

Pregnancy symptoms can range from zero to full-blown Hyperemesis Gravidarum (that's fancy talk for extreme morning sickness), but for most, it falls somewhere in between. Here are just a few symptoms that you may experience if you've fallen pregnant:

  • Missed period

  • Nausea

  • Fatigue

  • Food aversions

  • Altered smell

  • Breast tenderness

  • Heartburn

  • Headache

  • Mood changes

  • Food cravings

  • Frequent urination, to name but a few.

Some other pregnancy symptoms you may experience later in your pregnancy include body aches from stretching ligaments, constipation, breathlessness, leg cramps, restlessness, mood changes, vaginal discharge, backache, anosmia, perinatal depression, vaginitis, varicose veins, back pains, heartburn, pelvic girdle pain, breathlessness, itchy skin, carpal tunnel syndrome.

When does pregnancy start to show?

One of the most exciting parts of pregnancy is the physical changes that come with it. It's an amazing feeling to witness your body adapt to grow and nurture another life inside you. but when exactly should you expect to start physically showing your pregnancy?

Well, the answer isn't straightforward. It depends on various factors, such as whether you're a first or second-time mum, your core fitness, height and weight. However, on average, most women will start showing by around 16 weeks.

To learn more about pregnancy, join us at our next Pregnancy Masterclass or Birth Masterclass, where Dr Peter Jurcevic will be presenting. With 27 years of Obstetric and Gynecological Expertise, Dr Peter specialises in high risks obstetrics and gynecology. He is passionate about providing birth education to expecting parents ensuring all women understand their birth choices.

Women experiencing pregnancy symptoms and testing for pregnancy at home


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